Regional Australia’s leading university experts: COVID-19 related topics

10 Apr 2020

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Experts across the Regional Universities Network (RUN) are ready to comment on COVID-19 related topics. See table of experts below.

RUN members include CQUniversity, Southern Cross University, Federation University Australia, University of New England, University of Southern Queensland, University of the Sunshine Coast and Charles Sturt University.

Topic

University

Expert

Uni Media Contact Info

A breakdown (by a virologist and microbiology professor) on what coronavirus is, the symptoms, and how it is transmitted

University of Southern Queensland (Toowoomba)

Mike Kotiw

news@usq.edu.au

07 4631 1163; 0456 559 856

Rare diseases, academic leadership

Federation University

Chris Hutchinson

Kara Douglas:

0428 836 385

k.douglas@federation.edu.au

Comorbidity and COVID- 19

Federation University

Fadi Charchar

Kara Douglas:

0428 836 385

k.douglas@federation.edu.au

Origins of viral, emerging infectious diseases from wildlife

Charles Sturt (Wagga Wagga)

Dr Andrew Peters

Jessica Mansour-Nahra: 02 6338 6667

0447 737 948

jmansour-nahra@csu.edu.au

Epidemiology of C19 and pandemic response (cruise ships), emerging infectious diseases, transboundary spread

Charles Sturt (Wagga Wagga)

Dr Victoria Brookes

Jessica Mansour-Nahra: 02 6338 6667

0447 737 948

jmansour-nahra@csu.edu.au

Evolutionary ecologist; how viruses are found in animals and jump to human hosts

Charles Sturt (Albury- Wodonga)

Dr Melanie Massaro

Jessica Mansour-Nahra: 02 6338 6667

0447 737 948

jmansour-nahra@csu.edu.au

Indigenous people and viruses

CQUniversity (Townsville)

Adrian Miller

Isis Symes: i.symes@cqu.edu.au

07 4726 5339; 0437 424 167

Zoonotic disease and One Health approaches, epidemiology - infectious disease epidemiology (why certain responses are important & how disease is likely to spread), infection control

Charles Sturt

(Wagga Wagga)

Jane Heller

Jessica Mansour-Nahra: 02 6338 6667

0447 737 948

jmansour-nahra@csu.edu.au

Molecular engineering - biosensor technology for the diagnosis of deadly viruses

University of the Sunshine Coast

Joanne Macdonald

Janelle Kirkland: jkirklan@usc.edu.au

07 5459 4553; 0424 013 095

International investigation re: a potential connection between changes in respiratory rate and COVID-19 symptoms – insight from a Sleep & Circadian Physiology Researcher

CQUniversity (Adelaide)

Greg Roach

Isis Symes: i.symes@cqu.edu.au 07 4726 5339

0437 424 167

Public health

CQUniversity (Rockhampton)

Dr Lisa Bricknell

Isis Symes: i.symes@cqu.edu.au 07 4726 5339

0437 424 167

Safety in the health system

Federation University

Simon Cooper

Kara Douglas:

0428 836 385

k.douglas@federation.edu.au

Regional health, UNE Digital Hospital Project

University of New England (Armidale)

Rod McClure

media@une.edu.au 02 6773 2551

Patient safety and care quality, health services and workforce

Federation University

Danny Hills

Kara Douglas:

0428 836 385

k.douglas@federation.edu.au

Virology insight on the virus, virus + animals, what we can expect, how long a vaccine takes; community health – how are we placed regionally to cope? Should there be more investment? How it will affect older citizens?

Charles Sturt (Orange)

Dr Uba Nwose

Jessica Mansour-Nahra: 02 6338 6667

0447 737 948

jmansour-nahra@csu.edu.au

How telehealth is used to deliver health care to patients outside of traditional healthcare, facilities; how the technology has improved over the years; how it is currently used overseas, & associated privacy and security risks

University of Southern Queensland

(Springfield)

Jeffrey Soar

news@usq.edu.au

07 4631 1163; 0456 559 856

The role of police and national security intelligence agencies in helping to support public health deal with COVID-19

Charles Sturt (Sydney)

Patrick Walsh

Jessica Mansour-Nahra: 02 6338 6667

0447 737 948

jmansour-nahra@csu.edu.au

Immunology, scientific rationale for social isolating

Federation University

Stuart Berzins

Kara Douglas:

0428 836 385

k.douglas@federation.edu.au

Immunology, haematology, immunohaematology

CQUniversity (Brisbane)

Dr Andrew Taylor- Robinson

Isis Symes: i.symes@cqu.edu.au 07 4726 5339

0437 424 167

HIV and infection

Charles Sturt (Albury- Wodonga)

Dr Louise Pemberton

Jessica Mansour-Nahra: 02 6338 6667

0447 737 948

jmansour-nahra@csu.edu.au

Nursing and health workforce; perinatal and postnatal mental health; decision-making in nursing and midwifery; health research and development of clinical academics

Southern Cross University (Gold Coast, Lismore, Coffs Harbour)

Julie Jomeen

Jessica Nelson: scumedia@scu.edu.au 0417 288 794

Critical care nursing, student nurse education, ICU nurse training

Same as above

Deb Massey

Same as above

Nursing, infection prevention, infectious diseases, emergency management

University of the Sunshine Coast

Matt Mason

Janelle Kirkland: jkirklan@usc.edu.au

07 5459 4553; 0424 013 095

Why spatial analysis is next to impossible, and why any reports you see linking volume of cases to climate or population density should be taken with extreme caution

Charles Sturt (Albury- Wodonga)

Dr Rachel Whitsed

Jessica Mansour-Nahra: 02 6338 6667

0447 737 948

jmansour-nahra@csu.edu.au

Political & policy implications of government responses

Charles Sturt (Bathurst)

Dr Dominic O'Sullivan

Jessica Mansour-Nahra: 02 6338 6667

0447 737 948

jmansour-nahra@csu.edu.au

At a time of unprecedented global crisis, with only one or two exceptions, leaders the world over are experiencing rising popularity – the “rally- round-the-flag” effect

University of Southern Queensland (Toowoomba)

Geoff Cockfield

news@usq.edu.au

07 4631 1163; 0456 559 856

Business agility

Federation University

Dr Moulik Zaveri

Kara Douglas:

0428 836 385

k.douglas@federation.edu.au

Crisis economics

Federation University

Dr Alex Millmow

Kara Douglas:

0428 836 385

k.douglas@federation.edu.au

Economic impact in regional areas plus implications on workplace productivity, casual workers, women or people doing casual employment

Charles Sturt (Bathurst)

John Hicks

Jessica Mansour-Nahra: 02 6338 6667

0447 737 948

jmansour-nahra@csu.edu.au

Regional economies

CQUniversity (Rockhampton)

John Rolfe

Isis Symes: i.symes@cqu.edu.au 07 4726 5339

0437 424 167

Resilience in communities, mental health and health workforce

Federation University

Wendy Cross

Kara Douglas:

0428 836 385

k.douglas@federation.edu.au

Business & economy impact, business aspects of agriculture & farming, small business, consumer impacts

Southern Cross University (Gold Coast)

Robin Stonecash

Jessica Nelson: scumedia@scu.edu.au 0417 288 794

The similarities of SARS and COVID-19 (from personal experience living in China during SARS) and what the changes in Australia’s export market mean to regional

communities

University of Southern Queensland (Toowoomba)

Ben Lyons

news@usq.edu.au

07 4631 1163; 0456 559 856

Economic impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on the tourism, hospitality, leisure and events industries

University of the Sunshine Coast

Dr Shahab Pourfakhimi and

Dr Aaron Tham

Janelle Kirkland: jkirklan@usc.edu.au

07 5459 4553; 0424 013 095

Tourism

CQUniversity (Cairns)

Dr Bruce Prideaux

Isis Symes: i.symes@cqu.edu.au 07 4726 5339

0437 424 167

Local and global tourism and impacts, nature-based and eco-tourism as tools for nature conservation, tourist attraction design, gay tourism, wildlife tourism, augmented reality tourism, and leisure

Southern Cross University (Lismore)

Kevin Markwell

Jessica Nelson: scumedia@scu.edu.au 0417 288 794

Historic analysis perspective on COVID-19 and capitalism, pandemic planning, bushfire recovery, climate change, economy & political response; importance of communication by media and perception of crisis influenced by media

Charles Sturt (Bathurst)

Dr Oliver Villar

Jessica Mansour-Nahra: 02 6338 6667

0447 737 948

jmansour-nahra@csu.edu.au

Resilience and perception of crisis influenced by media and importance of media and social media during crisis

Charles Sturt (Bathurst)

Victoria Erskine

Jessica Mansour-Nahra: 02 6338 6667

0447 737 948

jmansour-nahra@csu.edu.au

Impact of industry shut- downs on climate change

Federation University

Dr Savin Chand

Kara Douglas:

0428 836 385

k.douglas@federation.edu.au

Emergency responses & their impact on the rule of law, the interrelationship between the State's response to the virus and the State's response to the climate crisis.

Southern Cross University (Gold Coast)

Nicole Rogers

Jessica Nelson: scumedia@scu.edu.au 0417 288 794

Marketing/communications

– how businesses can stay afloat, pre-empt changing consumer behaviours

University of the Sunshine Coast

Dr Kelly Choong

Janelle Kirkland: jkirklan@usc.edu.au

07 5459 4553; 0424 013 095

COVID-19 and cyber security, online attacks and online scams

Charles Sturt (Wagga Wagga)

Tanveer Zia

Jessica Mansour-Nahra: 02 6338 6667

0447 737 948

jmansour-nahra@csu.edu.au

Online voting - allowing people to vote online would have many advantages, including accuracy, convenience and costs, but would raise concerns about security, privacy and confidentiality

University of Southern Queensland (Toowoomba)

Dr Michael Lane

news@usq.edu.au

07 4631 1163; 0456 559 856

Online learning

CQUniversity

(Mackay)

Dr Brendan Jacobs

Isis Symes:

i.symes@cqu.edu.au

07 4726 5339; 0437 424 167

Online school classes

CQUniversity

(Rockhampton)

Corey Bloomfield

Isis Symes:

i.symes@cqu.edu.au

07 4726 5339; 0437 424 167

Practical strategies for online learning; tips for lessons at home; how teachers respond to student stress, including teachers working in conflict-affected contexts

University of the Sunshine Coast

Dr Alison Willis

Janelle Kirkland:

jkirklan@usc.edu.au

07 5459 4553; 0424 013 095

Online exams for students

University of New England (Armidale)

Jennifer Lawrence

media@une.edu.au

02 6773 2551

Delivery of online education

Same as above

Jonathon Powles

media@une.edu.au

02 6773 2551

 

Home schooling and parental responsibility

 

CQUniversity (Rockhampton)

 

Rickie Fisher

 

Isis Symes:

i.symes@cqu.edu.au

07 4726 5339; 0437 424 167

 

Best practice in studying remotely

Federation

University

Emma Gould

Kara Douglas:

0428 836 385

k.douglas@federation.edu.au

Ways that parents, teachers and educators

can talk about the pandemic with young children to reduce the potential impact of trauma, early adversity and toxic stress on their brain development, health and learning

University of Southern

Queensland

(Springfield)

Dr Alice Brown

news@usq.edu.au

07 4631 1163; 0456 559 856

Advice for students, parents and teachers to help create a structure that everyone agrees to for school/home working environment

University of Southern Queensland (Toowoomba)

Tania Leach

news@usq.edu.au

07 4631 1163; 0456 559 856

Online learning can be more inclusive and flexible, but care must be taken to address equity, feelings of isolation and anxiety and more

University of Southern Queensland (Toowoomba)

Petrea Redmond

Same as above

The impact on students with ASD, including their learning and daily routine

Charles Sturt (Bathurst)

Dr Rahul Ganguly

Jessica Mansour-Nahra: 02 6338 6667

0447 737 948

jmansour-nahra@csu.edu.au

Psychology & implications of isolation, fear, panic

University of the Sunshine Coast

Dr Rachael Sharman

Janelle Kirkland:

07 5456 4553,

jkirklan@usc.edu.au

 

Health and wellbeing for adults and children

 

Same as above

 

Helen Stallman

 

Same as above

 

Youth mental health

 

Same as above

 

Dr Larisa McLoughlin

 

Same as above

 

Human health - enjoying everyday pleasures gender roles, resilience and creativity, and how emotional intelligence relates to wellbeing, success, leadership & teamwork

 

Southern Cross University (Gold Coast, Lismore, Coffs Harbour)

 

Dr Desiree Kozlowski

 

Jessica Nelson: scumedia@scu.edu.au 0417 288 794

Mental health, youth mental health, emotional intelligence, resilience, conflict

Southern Cross University (Coffs Harbour)

John Hurley

Jessica Nelson: scumedia@scu.edu.au

0417 288 794

Mental health (general), wellbeing of medical and mental health workers, vicarious traumatisation and burnout

Same as above

Dr Basia Radlinska

 

Jessica Nelson: scumedia@scu.edu.au

0417 288 794

 

Impact of social isolation on mental health, especially older adults; impact of COVID-19 on different sub-groups in the population

Charles Sturt

(Albury-Wodonga)

Dr Belinda Cash

Jessica Mansour-Nahra:

02 6338 6667; 0447 737 948

jmansour-nahra@csu.edu.au

Anxious children during COVID-19

CQUniversity

(Adelaide)

Sarah Blunden

Isis Symes:

i.symes@cqu.edu.au

07 4726 5339

0437 424 167

Stress and coping; speaking to children about COVID-19

Federation University

Gerard Kennedy

Kara Douglas:

0428 836 385

k.douglas@federation.edu.au

Importance of care & compassion during time of great stress; communicating with children & young people; empowering them to feel safe; experiences that support connectedness & wellbeing

University of the Sunshine Coast

Dr Ali Black

Janelle Kirkland:

jkirklan@usc.edu.au

07 5459 4553; 0424 013 095

Isolation, social media and mental health

Federation University

Dr Evita March

Kara Douglas:

0428 836 385

k.douglas@federation.edu.au

Practical and effective strategies that parents and children can use to manage feelings of stress and anxiety

University of Southern

Queensland

(Springfield)

Sonja March

news@usq.edu.au

07 4631 1163; 0456 559 856

Domestic violence

CQUniversity (Brisbane)

Dr Brian Sullivan

Isis Symes: i.symes@cqu.edu.au 07 4726 5339

0437 424 167

Disaster behaviour perspective on panic buyers - buying an extra pack for an emergency kit or stocking up as they believe supplies will be low

University of Southern Queensland (Toowoomba)

Dr Barbara Ryan

news@usq.edu.au

07 4631 1163; 0456 559 856

Lonely adults

CQUniversity (Rockhampton)

Dr Tania Signal

Isis Symes:

i.symes@cqu.edu.au

07 4726 5339; 0437 424 167

Lonely nursing home residents

CQUniversity (Noosa)

Dr Margaret McAllister

Isis Symes:

i.symes@cqu.edu.au

07 4726 5339; 0437 424 167

Lonely aged people

CQUniversity

(Rockhampton)

Lynne Parkinson

Isis Symes:

i.symes@cqu.edu.au

07 4726 5339; 0437 424 167

 

Impact on older people and aged care facilities

 

Charles Sturt

(Wagga Wagga)

 

Maree Bernoth

 

Jessica Mansour-Nahra:

02 6338 6667; 0447 737 948

jmansour-nahra@csu.edu.au

 

Impact on elderly Australians

 

Federation University

 

Colette Browning

 

Kara Douglas:

0428 836 385

k.douglas@federation.edu.au

Ways loved ones can stay in touch and care for elderly relatives without putting them at risk of exposure to COVID-19

University of Southern Queensland (Toowoomba)

Bob Knight

news@usq.edu.au

07 4631 1163; 0456 559 856

Relationship advice to ensure we get through this period with our relationships intact, and possibly come out stronger

University of Southern Queensland (Ipswich)

Raquel Peel

news@usq.edu.au

07 4631 1163; 0456 559 856

Digital tools for mental health support

Federation University

Britt Klein

Kara Douglas:

0428 836 385

k.douglas@federation.edu.au

Impact on religion, places of worship

Charles Sturt (Canberra)

Stephen Pickard and Rev Dr Peter Walker

Jessica Mansour-Nahra:

02 6338 6667; 0447 737 948

jmansour-nahra@csu.edu.au

Muslim responses to COVID-19

Charles Sturt

(Sydney or Canberra)

Mehmet Ozalp

Jessica Mansour-Nahra:

02 6338 6667; 0447 737 948

jmansour-nahra@csu.edu.au

Empathy and compassion research

Federation University

Dr Lynne Reeder

Kara Douglas:

0428 836 385

k.douglas@federation.edu.au

Working from home

CQUniversity

(Brisbane)

Dr Robin Price and Dr Linda Colley

Isis Symes: i.symes@cqu.edu.au

07 4726 5339; 0437 424 167

Working online; how working from home will increase demand on the

national broadband network

University of the Sunshine Coast

Dr Erica Mealy

Janelle Kirkland:

jkirklan@usc.edu.au

07 5459 4553; 0424 013 095

HR/Workplaces (alternative work arrangements, health & safety, ending employment)

Charles Sturt

(Wagga Wagga)

Dr Stacey Jenkins

Jessica Mansour-Nahra:

02 6338 6667; 0447 737 948

jmansour-nahra@csu.edu.au

Avoiding presenteeism during COVID-19

CQUniversity

(Sydney)

Dr Geoffrey Chapman

Isis Symes: i.symes@cqu.edu.au

07 4726 5339; 0437 424 167

The new working-from- home tax arrangements and why it will it be easier for people working from home for the first time to claim deductions

University of Southern Queensland (Toowoomba)

Toni Brackin

news@usq.edu.au

07 4631 1163; 0456 559 856

Addiction

CQUniversity (Sydney)

Dr Alex Russell

Isis Symes: i.symes@cqu.edu.au

07 4726 5339; 0437 424 167

Good nutrition during isolation and working from home; some takeaways better than others? Tips and tricks to stay healthy; healthy snacks for kids; affordability of healthy food; how to boost immunity

University of the Sunshine Coast

Tania Wiesmayr- Freeman

Janelle Kirkland: jkirklan@usc.edu.au

07 5459 4553; 0424 013 095

While eating certain foods will not stop contracting coronavirus, there are some foods that help to strengthen the immune system and prepare the body to fight off the virus

University of Southern Queensland (Ipswich)

Lindsay Brown

news@usq.edu.au

07 4631 1163; 0456 559 856

Exercise

Charles Sturt

(Bathurst)

Tegan Hartmann

Jessica Mansour-Nahra:

02 6338 6667; 0447 737 948

jmansour-nahra@csu.edu.au

Same as above

 

CQUniversity

(Bundaberg)

 

Dr Sasha Job

 

Isis Symes:

i.symes@cqu.edu.au

07 4726 5339; 0437 424 167

Exercising during isolation

Federation University

Ryan Worn

Kara Douglas:

0428 836 385

k.douglas@federation.edu.au

Simple, safe ways to stay physically active

University of 

Southern

Queensland 

(Springfield and Ipswich)

Stuart Biddle

news@usq.edu.au

07 4631 1163; 0456 559 856

TV - it’s unsurprising that Stan and Netflix subscriptions are booming, but the show can’t go on without fresh content; as more and more producers suffer funding cuts & cancel shoots due to COVID-19 infections, there will be fewer shows to choose from & we can expect an increase in reality TV

University of Southern Queensland (Springfield)

Dr Daryl Sparkes

news@usq.edu.au

07 4631 1163; 0456 559 856

Online gaming and other interactive experiences

University of the Sunshine Coast

Dr Katryna Starks

Janelle Kirkland: jkirklan@usc.edu.au

07 5459 4553; 0424 013 095

Same as above

CQUniversity (Mackay)

Lorelle Bowditch

Isis Symes: i.symes@cqu.edu.au 07 4726 5339

0437 424 167

Social media

Federation University

Dr Naomi Smith and Dr Danielle Wagstaff

Kara Douglas:

0428 836 385

k.douglas@federation.edu.au

Art is therapeutic, particularly during times of crisis; so expert unsurprised by the sudden spike in craft sales; whether you’re painting a room or knitting socks, each brush stroke and stitch is a positive way to control nervous energy

University of Southern Queensland (Springfield)

Margaret Baguley

news@usq.edu.au

07 4631 1163; 0456 559 856

The cancellation of Eurovision

University of Southern Queensland (Toowoomba)

Jess Carniel

news@usq.edu.au

07 4631 1163; 0456 559 856

Cyber hygiene

CQUniversity (Melbourne)

Dr Ritesh Chugh

Isis Symes: i.symes@cqu.edu.au 07 4726 5339

0437 424 167

Food history/pickling

CQUniversity (Noosa)

Dr Donna Brien

Isis Symes: i.symes@cqu.edu.au 07 4726 5339

0437 424 167

Food waste

CQUniversity (Sydney)

Dr David Pearson

Isis Symes: i.symes@cqu.edu.au 07 4726 5339

0437 424 167

FIFO families

CQUniversity (Bundaberg)

Kristie-Lee Alfrey

Isis Symes: i.symes@cqu.edu.au 07 4726 5339

0437 424 167

Airline safety

CQUniversity (Rockhampton)

Dr Geoff Dell

Isis Symes: i.symes@cqu.edu.au

07 4726 5339; 0437 424 167

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